Posted by: Brianw168
We have been evaluating online backup services for a couple of our customers as part of the backup archive solutions we provide. The larger and leading online backup providers are the obvious and logic ones for us to start with.
Frankly, we have been very disappointed after we tried Mozy and Carbonite against some of the requirements from our clients. I have not personally subscribed to those services before. One of the top requirements from our client is that the backed up files should be preserved permanently if they choose to. What amazed me is that almost all online backup services will delete a backup file a short period of time after the file is deleted from your local computer. I just don’t get the logic behind. The answer from them is that “we are online backup service instead of online storage”. I guess I am totally lost after so many years in this industry. Isn’t Backup supposed to protect you from accidental data loss? If I lose my files accidentally for any reason, my backup won’t be able to rescue me? The argument is absolutely a joke in my opinion. Imaging a company wants to keep all their employees’ work even after they leave the company. I bet you most people clean up their computers before they leave, could mostly be their personal files, but still they could delete files related to work by accident. The company will not be able to retrieve those files deleted. Unfortunately, this is one of our clients’ top requirements.
There are other requirements not met too but we have to eliminate guys like Mozy and Carnonite for this reason. Now we have to turn our eyes to something else which can better meet the requirements.